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What Employers Need To Know About I-9 Audits & Work-Site Investigation

With a stronger push for immigration laws to be strictly enforced, American businesses are quickly learning the importance of being Form I-9 compliant. In the last few years, the nation has seen the number of government investigations into I-9 compliance almost quadruple. While a company may not be able to escape a government audit, it […]

E-Verify Federal Contractor Numbering Change

E-Verify releases a change regarding new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Number Requirements for federal contractors. Do you have your new number?

If you are a federal contractor, you should be aware that E-Verify has recently announced an update to its service that affects the numbering system you have used in the past. Effective April 4, 2022, the federal government […]

Remote I-9 Inspection Policy Extended Once Again Until October 31, 2022

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced a six-month extension of their remote I-9 inspection allowance. Employers who continue to practice social distancing may continue inspecting I-9 documents remotely for their newly hired employees and reverifications of work authorizations until October 31, 2022. This virtual verification can only be used where the employer works exclusively […]

What’s in a Name? Resolving Form I-9 Document Discrepancies

While the idea of writing one’s last name on a form seems like an easy task, complications on an I-9 form may arise when names appear differently on various official documents. Rules relating to last name include: entering the full “legal” last name; including both names when an employee has two last names or a […]

Employer Verification and H-1B Cap Lottery Season: 2022 New Year Action Items and Tools

Employers using E-Verify and hiring H-1B foreign workers should become familiar with helpful action items and resources into the new year. Those registered for E-Verify should annually download and save their E-Verify data to avoid being dependent on the federal government for records. In addition, simple manipulation of the E-Verify User Report or electronic Form […]

Best Practices for Form I-9 Retention and Destruction

Regarding I-9 retention, the law states that an employer must retain an employee’s Form I-9 for “three years after the date of hire or one year after the date of the individual’s employment is terminated, whichever is later.” Put simply, the retention period for an I-9 only comes into play after the employment is terminated, […]

2021 in Review: Top Ten I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Insights

The American Immigration Lawyers Association held its annual Employer Compliance and Worksite Enforcement Conference, identifying compliance issues facing employers today. The top 10 I-9 and E-Verify Compliance insights include: 1. I-9 compliance is complex and constantly evolving, 2. Virtual Verification (remote (I-9 inspection) isn’t perfect or for everyone, 3. Employers should focus on both compliance […]

Large Clothing Retailer Settles I-9 Discrimination Claims

A settlement has been reached between the Department of Justice and Gap, Inc., resolving claims that the company routinely discriminated against certain non-U.S. citizen employees in connection with their I-9 reverification process. Investigations began in 2018 after a complaint from an employee that alleged unfair documentary practices. It was determined by the IER that the […]

DHS Announces New Worksite Enforcement Strategy: What Does It Mean For I-9 and E-Verify Compliance?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided insight into the odds of an employer being involved in an I-9 related worksite investigation. The recently released memo outlines a new shift in worksite enforcement strategy from the various governmental agencies that oversee I-9 and E-Verify compliance. The memo calls for the immediate end of mass worksite […]

E-Verify Releases Final Version of ICA v31 and Sets Deadline of March 31, 2022, for Web Services Providers

A new version (v31) of the E-Verify ICA has been published, including modifications of the duplicate case checking process and additional abilities to close a case during the scan and upload step. In addition, users now are required to download the Further Action Notice before referring a case and a new case delay reason has […]


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